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School budget votes will be taking place soon in St. Lawrence County. “Did you vote/do you plan to vote on your school’s budget?”

60.1% -- Yes

39.9% -- No

Total Responses: 143

Comments: 39

Here are your comments:

Schools are as greedy as the government.

May 21 5:58 a.m.

The budgets are always way over-inflated. It is time to make serious cuts. How much more can we pay in taxes?

May 21 5:52 a.m.

Not wasting my time. You are going to get ripped off regardless. These schools are run just like the county. Horrible.

May 21 2:46 a.m.

We have to support our schools/children. The best investment in our future.

May 20 8:25 a.m.

Our vote means nothing! If we vote it down they just put it back up again and threaten austerity that will cost us more!

May 19 10:36 a.m.

No, instead of voting, I spent my time looking for cheaper areas of the country to live. NYS has a lot to offer, but it’s too expensive tax-wize and only getting worse as more and more residents leave the state.

May 19 7:39 a.m.

Why vote? 99% is controlled by the state. The other 1% are things the students and parents want and are glad to pay for. Credit to the Board Members that spend their time, they aren’t going to change anything.

May 19 7:35 a.m.

My school is raising taxes 2.7%, which they proudly tout is "under the cap." Who do you know that gets a 2.7% raise every year to be able to afford this every single year?

May 18 2:19 p.m.

Vote every time and they still pass their huge budgets. Too many chiefs and not enough indians being paid too much.

May 18 1:47 p.m.

School vote yes, good thing for cap, only thing that keeps or attempts to keep the taxes down. The OFA field controversy is unnecessary. The mentioned people are both good and deserving of recognition. Naming the field for any one person is short-sighted. Name the field alumni field, or similar and have a plague with the names of the coaches and people you want to recognize displayed at the field. The people who make contributions to the school and it's sports program will continue to grow as time goes by, it's nice to acknowledge people for their contributions but it takes way more people than one to make a successful sports program. I can think of a few coaches over the years that deserve to have their names on the plague, Bramhall, Mattison, Johnson, Valley, just to think of a few. I would definitely put Penny and Steve in that group. Second issue on the shooting teams I totally support these teams. My concern comes from who is instructing them on gun safety. When dealing with young people a one to one instructor/student ratio would be prudent with firearms. These are kids, even though many will display good gun safety, it's that one time someone is not paying attention and someone gets careless and all the naysayers will be waiting.

May 18 8:10 a.m.

Votes are dominated by teachers and their spouses, what ever they wan't gets passed.

May 18 4:20 a.m.

Don't let them raise the budget. None of the "children are the future" crap. They can learn just as well with books as the can with an iPad.

May 17 2:30 p.m.

School budgets are obscene! I vote, but it's an uphill battle to try to keep costs down.

May 17 6:33 a.m.

What will all the districts do when BOCES sneakily pushes through their demand for 45 million dollars? At least half of which will have to come from local taxes. From what I have heard, BOCES is planning a sneaky vote at the tech centers during their fall open houses instead of including the measure in normal May voting at polling stations. This dirty tactic must be stopped.

May 17 6:13 a.m.

You have to remember, not everyone has a vehicle. And many people do not ask for rides. My local polling place is 5 miles away; 10 miles round trip. And Beach Street, Massena is 10 miles from me; 20 miles round trip. Much too far to walk! From what I can tell I do not qualify for a write-in ballot. Too bad. A lot more people would vote! In all kinds of elections!

May 17 12:49 a.m.

Voted no on everything, you can't keep raising taxes on an economically ravaged area, the people just don't have the money for it, plus the post graduation these kids are not going on to improve the areaswhere they went to school, they ether go nowhere, or they leave the area, the schools are overpriced and under deliver, near zero ROI, if I were a bank and you asked me to invest $6,000 a year into these places, based on what they have to show for when these kids turn 18, the bank/investor would laugh you out of his office.

May 16 3:10 p.m.

Why bother.

May 16 6:16 a.m.

...pretty much a done deal before voting.

May 16 3:28 a.m.

I always vote in school elections, and I always vote in favor of the budget. I may not have kids but I recognize the value of supporting teaching.

May 15 8:55 p.m.

You lose the right to complain anytime you do not vote.

May 15 2:43 p.m.

As a tax payer, if you don't vote, you give up the right to complain. Goes for all voting opportunities.

May 15 2:35 p.m.

Why bother? They do what whatever they want regardless how we vote.

May 15 12:45 p.m.

Whats the point they’re just gonna give em all what they want anyway even though they don’t do nothing. Kids these days are worse then ever but no one blames the schools they spend all there time in, but they should!

May 15 11:43 a.m.

Our schools are the backbone of our communities. They need us more than ever and we need the schools!

May 15 10:35 a.m.

Yes, I'm going to vote. I intend to vote for the budget, but not for the annual appropriation of $50,000 for the library (Ogdensburg). I feel the appropriation is way out of line.

May 14 10:12 p.m.

If you don't vote you have nothing to complain about.

May 14 8:16 p.m.

I don't intend to waste my time voting this time for the first time in years. Even when there are controversial issues and wasteful spending the Canton budget passes by wide margins.

May 14 7:02 p.m.

Teachers make more than they are worth aides do most of the work. Teachers do not do an 8-hour day. They are off when kids have lunch, recess and gym. Pay the aides more and teachers less. Support staff isn't treated right. The bus drivers, custodial workers, cafeteria and maintenance are the back bone of running the school. Increase their pay. I definitely don't want Pat Turbet or any long term board members anymore. We need real people and no professor liberal types.

May 14 5:54 p.m.

Yes. Since everyone pays school taxes, even though we have no children in school anymore, it remains an important responsibility to keep up with what the schools are doing and why. Everyone should vote in these votes.

May 14 4:24 p.m.

Always vote no but you never beat teachers more people need to vote so we have good schools for our kids not the teachers

May 14 2:34 p.m.

I vote every year because the school budget is one of the few direct democratic actions one can take. The results are based on a simple majority of the residents who vote. If you don't vote, don't complain. I usually vote for the budget -- schools are underfunded and do a great job educating the masses.

May 14 1:42 p.m.

I voted for years some yes and some no, it got to where it always passed no matter the vote, I like to see the taxes go up and listen to the ones that do not vote, sooner or latter it will come to a halt.

May 14 1:36 p.m.


May 14 12:39 p.m.

Voting on school budgets is somewhat irrelevant in the tax cap era. The state is all but dictating what districts can spend. Regardless, the whole system is unsustainable thanks to enrollment declines across the state and the fact that most schools have as many retirees as active employees.

May 14 12:32 p.m.

Why bother? If they get voted down they will keep pushing a vote till people get sick and tired of going and they push whatever they want through!

May 14 10:16 a.m.

No way...

May 14 9:39 a.m.

I vote in every other election that is held, but have rarely voted in a school budget/board election. Don't really know why... inconvenient days, hours, places? Little promotion?

May 14 9:13 a.m.

It will be interesting to see where school budgets fit in the priorities of respondents. Sadly, I assume it will be somewhere behind: Bellyaching about the price of gas for my fuel INefficient truck, the lack of places to ride my ATV, folks who demand government benefits in the same breathe as condemning socialism, questions about the legality of the SAFE ACT from people who speed/cheat on their taxes/ride their ATV illegally wherever they want to, etc. Imagine what the NC would be like if schools were supported and we had an educated electorate!

May 14 8:59 a.m.

Vote for Pedro.

May 14 8:32 a.m.